Lincoln Center

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INFO Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, opened in 1962 in the Lincoln Square neighborhood and commissioned by John D. Rockefeller III, is a major cultural center in New York City. With its 29 indoor and outdoor performance... ... read more

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Lincoln Center - Concert Venue | Performing Arts Center in New York.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, opened in 1962 in the Lincoln Square neighborhood and commissioned by John D. Rockefeller III, is a major cultural center in New York City.

With its 29 indoor and outdoor performance spaces it is no wonder that the Lincoln Center is a frequented spot for audiences in search of spectacular performances. Today the center famously houses the New York Philharmonic on its Avery Fischer Hall stage.

Other groups that call the Lincoln Center their home include The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Institute.

Amenities at the Lincoln Center include gift shops, bookshops, and numerous dining options such as Lincoln, the center’s main restaurant featuring an open kitchen, private dining options, a bar, and a lounge.

The center offers daily tours of its striking architecture and performance halls, many of which have been featured in television shows like Sex and the City and films like Black Swan. Since 2010 Lincoln Center has also hosted Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Lincoln Center User Reviews

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Fresh Sophistication
Regina B. Apr 6, 2013
Lincoln Center brings together the visual and performance arts in a fresh, ingenious way without losing the classical, sophisticated nature inherent in attending an event at any of the many fantastic spaces the area boasts. Whether you are a frequent ballet attendee or this is your first performance of any kind, the spectacular comfortability and ease of Lincoln Center make you feel right at home. The caliber of shows and groups that perform here regularly, and the excitement of out of town gala performances offer something for everyone and have the ability to lift you out of your seat and bring you right into the center of the action. The Lincoln Center has managed to remove the snobby stigma from the performing arts by showcasing contemporary and relatable performers, in addition to the beloved classics known worldwide for making NYC the cultural center for the arts. Filled with so much snazz, you may be questioning if your wallet can withstand the weight of such magnificent ventures. However, the varied types of performances at each of the venues almost always offer deals for discounted and rush tickets so you can still have a wonderful evening without skipping meals for a day to afford it. As a student, you can get student tickets for nearly every show and they also offer group tickets. Each of the performing companies who use Lincoln Center also have their own ticketing policies so depending on what you come to see, tickets can be as cheap as $10, which is a total steal for quality of excellence you will see. If attending performances isn't your usual scene, Lincoln Center can be appreciated for the sheer architectural design and ambiance, which mold together the feeling of a Renaissance palace and a modern design befitting of an updated NYC. There are delicious restaurants, bars and shops to enjoy will looking around Lincoln Center; in the ten block radius around the theaters you can be sure to enjoy almost any cuisine and shop until your heart is content! If your from out of town and not familiar with the subway system (although access to several lines is available directly underneath the theaters, with entrances from the inside), there are hotel options within walking distance from the theater! For however many times I have attended, and will continue to, shows of all sorts at Lincoln Center, something new catches my every time. It is almost as if it is its own museum-like world of arts, without the stuffiness and old musk smell. I highly recommend any performance done at the Lincoln Center, even if it is the silent performance found each and every day in the general splendor of the structure.
BEST Place for Ballet. Classical Music and MORE!
Kamaria W. Jan 4, 2013
I have lived in NYC my whole life and I will not recommend a better place for Classical Music, Jazz, and the Ballet. I must have seen The Nutcracker more than 5 times since I was five and it gets better and more enjoyable each year. Be sure to catch its Ballet Season that starts in Sept and ends around the summer but if you miss it don't worry! Lincoln Center has many fun events like Midsummer Night Swing and many NY Philharmonic concerts. If you travel to 60th (south of 66th st-main place of Lincoln Center) they have a Jazz Club in which Contemporary Jazz Performers play there and the entrance is affordable (around $10 the night I went.) Lincoln Center also produces famous musical like Showboat and other critically acclaimed plays like War Horse . If you want a memorable night at the theatre, Opera or Ballet I definitely recommend this swanky, elegant palace!
Dylan W. Dec 2, 2012
I'm ashamed to admit I've never seen a performance here. But, I lived right next door to the place for 2 years and would hear the outdoor operas during the Summer from my window sometimes. The plaza with that gorgeous fountain is a cool place to sit around at. You can sit on top of the black marble circle elevated a few feet that looks like it's part of the fountain. Or you can hang out on the steps in front, or walk behind the three main buildings where there is more sitting and architecture. The whole place is really tasteful and easily one of America's top cultural landmarks.
A classic
Chris K. Nov 28, 2012
The inside of Lincoln Center can be a bit confusing, what with its three huge buildings, endless hallways, countless staircases, and many different cafes and restaurants. But the theaters themselves are gorgeous places to see theater, opera, and other concerts, and if you need any more convincing, the fountain and many patio/deck areas outside are perfect spots for wiling away the day while waiting for your Genius Bar appointment to come through. Come in the winter time to catch the classic Big Apple Circus as it rolls through with superstar Grandma in tow. A New York institution and a lovely place to hang out, take in a show, and enjoy the city for what it can provide.
FU Alum
Jaclyn W. Nov 15, 2012
I can't say anything bad about this place because I am a Fordham Alumni; not LC, but still I have to represent my school. Regardless, this place is beautiful. It's actually the one shopping plaza in the city I feel is more peaceful and calming than the rest. Step off the subway at Lincoln Center and in the middle is a fountain. On a warm night, people flock towards the benches to enjoy the people watching and to soak up the weather. Inside the plaza are plenty of shops and most notable, Per Se: The greatest one million dollar, seven course, engagement meal in the country (I'm exaggerating), but it's always rated as one of the top restaurants and is extremely pricey. Shops include, Pink, Coach, Sephora, Bebe, JCrew, etc. It is also home to one of the Bouchon Bakery locations. As for the Jazz Center, truly wonderful outdoor music venue. Even if you're not there for an event, wander over to where they did renovations and put in a reflecting pool as well as a grass hill that people can lounge on and try to see some stars. If you're not shopping during the daytime, this could easily be a good date spot between the views, the orchestra and the restaurants. Definitely, definitely make it to a show at least once in your lifetime. It is honestly a grand experience that cannot be expressed in words. Also, check out the college. Fordham is a pretty notable school in the city.
Esti T. Nov 8, 2012
As Verdi draws the curtain, the audience cheers silently. All await the start of his famous Rigoletto. To say that the libretto of this famed opera involves a “struggle for balance between beauty and evil” is to underestimate the complex series of plot that drives the storyline of Rigoletto. Rigoletto is the overdramatized version of the Duke’s jester, who strikes his inner chords in an effort to achieve harmony. Though, sorry for the audience, his rants and raves of his love for his daughter and hatred for everyone else are more similar to operatic cacophony than anything else. The jester’s Act II aria (solo vocal melody, usually with orchestra) is so laden with emotion, it is nearly incredulous. At the heart of this aria is his declaration of “e il sol dell’anima,” a hyperbolic expression of his love toward his daughter Gilda. Call me a prude, but I found odd the relationship between Rigoletto and Gilda. It was more than just a bit disturbing. Though the widowed jester has just claim to his beloved daughter, his obsessive love seems to be his way of filling a deeper void for romantic love. But the cast still deserves due recognition for this well-schemed, theatrical performance. Powerful voices enrapture the audience throughout, and monophonic texture toward the end (before the murder plot unfolds) is well received as a place of repose for theatergoers. BRAVO! on the performance as a whole, negative bravo on Rigoletto’s purple prose.
How can you go wrong?
David G. Sep 14, 2012
My first concert was here growing up. This venue does it all! It's got soul, class, and it does what all great music venues should do and brings people together. Don't expect to get tickets on any sort of "deal" though.... Lincoln Center is the big leagues. Wynton Marsalis, BB King, Bobby McFerrin, and other "god status" artists perform here. If you ever are offered tickets to any performance here... jump on it! Located next to the world famous Juilliard School, you won't have any shortage of dinner options here. When the weather is right, you can hop down to the trump hotel and enjoy a drink and food out on the balcony and enjoy the big apple vibe or if you're looking for a restaurant in the area, there's no shortage (although I'd suggest calling ahead for reservations). Enjoy!
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